Antivenin is a biological material used to neutralize the venom of poisonous creatures like snakes, scorpions, spiders, and other insects. The antitoxins are created by injecting a small amount of venom into a serum-producing animal such as a horse, sheep, goat, or rabbit. The subject animal then suffers an immune response to the venom and produces antibodies which can be harvested from its blood and used to treat envenomation in others. What is mithridatism, and why is it so named?
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The Apollo program was a series of spaceflight missions undertaken by the US in the 1960s with the goal of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to Earth. Apollo 9 was the third manned mission in this series and consisted of a 10-day earth-orbital mission launched on March 3, 1969. It was the second manned flight of the Saturn V launch vehicle and the first manned flight of the Apollo Lunar Module. Why did Apollo 9's crewmembers name their command module â€œGumdropâ€?
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American science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard founded the Church of Scientology in 1954. The church's teachings are based on Hubbard's philosophy of Dianetics, which utilizes a process called â€œauditingâ€ to free a person's spirit from the psychological burdens that interfere with happiness and self-realization. Both the religion and Hubbard himself remain the subjects of controversy and investigation. Why do some suspect that Hubbard founded Scientology as part of a money-making scheme?